Knox County has a growing population of seniors as more and more retirees choose to make it their home. With pleasant year-round temperatures, a low cost of living and access to large-city amenities, Knox County is a great option for seniors looking for a better quality of life. The region has plenty of attractions for entertaining visiting family and grandchildren, such as historic homes, galleries, zoos and museums, including Muse Knoxville that features hands-on exhibits and activities. Outdoor enthusiasts and active older adults can enjoy exploring Knox County’s many parks, including River Bluff Wildlife Area with walking trails, lakes and viewpoints overlooking the Tennessee River and Downtown Knoxville.

Knox County features more than 60 assisted living communities, which cost an average of $3,900 per month according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, considerably lower than the national average. This combined with the county’s low cost of living and low taxes makes Knox County an attractive option for budget-conscious seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Knox County, TN

2014, 2015, 2016

Elmcroft of West Knoxville

8024 Gleason Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37919

Elmcroft of West Knoxville is located about nine miles west of the West Knoxville and a block away from the West Town Mall. Residents and visitors appreciate the community-like feel of the facility an … (read more)
Elmcroft of West Knoxville is located about nine miles west of the West Knoxville and a block away from the West Town Mall. Residents and visitors appreciate the community-like feel of the facility an … (read more)

2015, 2016

Atria Weston Place

2900 Lake Brook Boulevard, Knoxville, TN, 37909

Atria Weston Place is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a lovely wooded area with convenient access to shopping centers and several major highways. Residents and visitors consistently give the commu … (read more)
Atria Weston Place is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a lovely wooded area with convenient access to shopping centers and several major highways. Residents and visitors consistently give the commu … (read more)

2012, 2013, 2016

Manorhouse Assisted Living

8501 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37922

Manorhouse Assisted Living is located in a residential neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, with convenient highway access. Visitors are immediately impressed by the facility’s well-maintained ground … (read more)
Manorhouse Assisted Living is located in a residential neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, with convenient highway access. Visitors are immediately impressed by the facility’s well-maintained ground … (read more)

Deane Hill Place

401 Catherine McAuley Way, Knoxville, TN, 37919

Deane Hill Place is located in a bustling shopping district of Knoxville, Tennessee, just a few blocks south of Interstate 40. Visitors and residents appreciate that Deane Hill Place is a picturesque … (read more)
Deane Hill Place is located in a bustling shopping district of Knoxville, Tennessee, just a few blocks south of Interstate 40. Visitors and residents appreciate that Deane Hill Place is a picturesque … (read more)

2014

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville

9051 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN, 37923

Arbor Terrace of Knoxville is located in the bustling neighborhood of Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, Tennessee. Residents and visitors compliment the facility for having a caring, compassionate and enthusi … (read more)
Arbor Terrace of Knoxville is located in the bustling neighborhood of Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, Tennessee. Residents and visitors compliment the facility for having a caring, compassionate and enthusi … (read more)

South High Senior Living

835 Tipton Ave, , Knoxville, TN, 37920

South High Senior Living is very new. It just opened a year ago, but it was very nice. It was excellent. It was actually a little cheaper than where Dad had decided to go. It was nicer because everyth … (read more)
South High Senior Living is very new. It just opened a year ago, but it was very nice. It was excellent. It was actually a little cheaper than where Dad had decided to go. It was nicer because everyth … (read more)

2015

Elmcroft of Halls

7521 Andersonville Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37938

Elmcroft of Halls is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a beautiful countryside residential area with amazing views of Black Oak Ridge and close access to several stores and a shopping outlet. Reside … (read more)
Elmcroft of Halls is located in Knoxville, Tennessee, in a beautiful countryside residential area with amazing views of Black Oak Ridge and close access to several stores and a shopping outlet. Reside … (read more)

Windsor Gardens Assisted Living

5611 Central Ave. Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37912

I am grateful my mother was a resident of this facility. She received the kindest and most professional care and personal attention, and was very happy overall.
I am grateful my mother was a resident of this facility. She received the kindest and most professional care and personal attention, and was very happy overall.

Oakwood Senior Living

232 E. Churchwell Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37917

We found Oakwood Senior Living for my brother. The staff has been very wonderful, and he’s not the easiest patient to take care of. He loves the food, and he’s very picky. What we’ve seen has been ver … (read more)
We found Oakwood Senior Living for my brother. The staff has been very wonderful, and he’s not the easiest patient to take care of. He loves the food, and he’s very picky. What we’ve seen has been ver … (read more)

2013

Trinity Hills of Knoxville

4611 Ashville Highway, Knoxville, TN, 37914

Trinity Hills of Knoxville is located in East Knoxville, Tennessee, just minutes from shops, churches and a community center. The facility offers clean, spacious rooms featuring kitchenettes, and resi … (read more)
Trinity Hills of Knoxville is located in East Knoxville, Tennessee, just minutes from shops, churches and a community center. The facility offers clean, spacious rooms featuring kitchenettes, and resi … (read more)

Prosperity Pointe

214 Prosperity Road, Knoxville, TN, 37923

Prosperity Pointe is excellent and has very caring staff. It hasn’t been that long since my mother moved in there, but from what we’ve seen so far, she gets excellent care. We feel very safe with her … (read more)
Prosperity Pointe is excellent and has very caring staff. It hasn’t been that long since my mother moved in there, but from what we’ve seen so far, she gets excellent care. We feel very safe with her … (read more)

Northshore Heights Located in Knoxville

8804 S Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37922

Northshore Senior Living was very nice and brand new, but very expensive. I toured their memory care unit and that looked like an appropriate setting. The grounds were nice. The location was not as go … (read more)
Northshore Senior Living was very nice and brand new, but very expensive. I toured their memory care unit and that looked like an appropriate setting. The grounds were nice. The location was not as go … (read more)

L & L Sweet Home Care

804 Atlantic Ave., Knoxville, TN, 37917


Pinnacle Assisted Living

10520 Waterville Lane, Knoxville, TN, 37932


Williamsburg Villas

3020 Heatherton Way, Knoxville, TN, 37920

Williamsburg Villas offer the convenience of being located in the city of Knoxville, Tenn. as well as the serene beauty of country living. The facility has received numerous five-star reviews from bot … (read more)
Williamsburg Villas offer the convenience of being located in the city of Knoxville, Tenn. as well as the serene beauty of country living. The facility has received numerous five-star reviews from bot … (read more)

NHC Place, Farragut

122 Cavette Hill Lane, Knoxville, TN, 37934

This facility would be fine for someone with memory loss who is immobile. It is very easy to elope from in spite of the bracelet that the staff assured me would alarm to alert staff that a resident is … (read more)
This facility would be fine for someone with memory loss who is immobile. It is very easy to elope from in spite of the bracelet that the staff assured me would alarm to alert staff that a resident is … (read more)

Truewood by Merrill, Knoxville

555 Rainforest Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37923

Our tour at Raintree Terrace was fine. The community was very nice. I thought it was a little overpriced. The extra cost of the healthcare for my father-in-law was going to be over $2,000, so for my m … (read more)
Our tour at Raintree Terrace was fine. The community was very nice. I thought it was a little overpriced. The extra cost of the healthcare for my father-in-law was going to be over $2,000, so for my m … (read more)

The Courtyards Senior Living – The Orchards

815 E Inskip Dr, Knoxville, TN, 37912

We found The Courtyards Senior Living (The Orchard) for my mother-in-law. The place was about a year old. It was really nice. It had everything that she needed, and it was only about five minutes from … (read more)
We found The Courtyards Senior Living (The Orchard) for my mother-in-law. The place was about a year old. It was really nice. It had everything that she needed, and it was only about five minutes from … (read more)

Renaissance Terrace

215 Bearden Place,, Knoxville, TN, 37917

Renaissance Terrace is a small facility with only 15 rooms, and it’s only 5 or 6 years old. My sister is in there. It’s a really nice facility, they have good food, and it is well-staffed. Some of … (read more)
Renaissance Terrace is a small facility with only 15 rooms, and it’s only 5 or 6 years old. My sister is in there. It’s a really nice facility, they have good food, and it is well-staffed. Some of … (read more)

Heritage Assisted Living

144 Felix Rd, Knoxville, TN, 37918

My mom lived at Heritage at Knoxville for two years. The have very big rooms and their food was good. They have very reasonable prices and they always make the family very welcome. They do bingo, and … (read more)
My mom lived at Heritage at Knoxville for two years. The have very big rooms and their food was good. They have very reasonable prices and they always make the family very welcome. They do bingo, and … (read more)

Paying for Assisted Living in Knox County

The average cost of assisted living in Knox County and its county seat of Knoxville is $3,900 per month according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020. This is just below the rate that seniors in other parts of Tennessee pay with the state average being $4,039. When compared to the rest of the U.S., Knox County residents spend $400 less per month on assisted living than the national median cost of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

With the average cost of assisted living in Knox County being lower than the state median, the area is a viable option for older adults looking to make their retirement income stretch further. There are more affordable parts of Tennessee. For example, seniors in cities such as Nashville ($3,720), Morristown ($3,435) and Jackson ($3,667) pay less than $3,750 per month for assisted living. However, retirees in other cities, including Clarksville ($4,190), Kingsport ($4,200) and Memphis ($4,391), pay significantly more than the state average, while those in Chattanooga can expect to pay $4,515 — $615 a month more than seniors choosing an assisted living community in Knox County.

$3900

Knox County

$4039

Tennessee

$4300

The United States

$4200

Kingsport

$4190

Clarksville

$3667

Jackson

$3900

Knox County

$4391

Memphis

$3720

Nashville

$4515

Chattanooga

$3435

Morristown

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Knox County

The state of Tennessee provides financial assistance to eligible seniors via its TennCare program. The program provides healthcare and long-term care to local seniors. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Tennessee page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Tennessee

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Tennessee page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Knox County

ResourceContact Service
Knox County Office on Aging(865) 524-2786Knox County Office on Aging provides support and information and connects seniors to services in the local community. It runs a range of programs, including nutritional support, loans for eyeglasses and hearing aids, computer training, financial check-ups and a companionship scheme for those who are socially isolated. The organization’s website features a comprehensive directory of senior resources in the county.
John T. O’Connor Senior Center(865) 523-1135John T. O’Connor Senior Center brings together Knox County residents aged 50 and over through senior-focused programs. Membership is free and seniors can attend a range of classes that focus on health, fitness, education and recreation. The center also hosts special events and serves lunch from Monday through Friday at its on-site diner.
Legal Aid of East Tennessee(865) 637-0484Legal Aid of East Tennessee provides free legal advice to elder residents of Knox County aged 60 or older. It advises on a range of issues, including estate planning, public and health care benefits, housing issues and financial exploitation. The organization also offers free presentations and programs to educate seniors and their family members on legal matters.
Knox County Veterans Services(865) 215-5645Senior residents of Knox County who have served in the U.S. military can receive support from the Knox County Veterans Services. It advises vets on accessing any state and federal benefits, pensions and insurance programs they’re eligible for and provides assistance in completing the relevant applications.
Knox County Community Action Committee Transit(865) 546-3500Knox County CAC Transit provides a low-cost transportation service to residents in the county who live outside the city of Knoxville or who are not served by the KAT fixed-route transportation system. Eligible residents can make a reservation for door-to-door journeys to anywhere within Knox County. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible, and drivers can assist passengers who are traveling independently.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Knox County

Knox County-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Tennessee are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Tennessee page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Tennessee